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A traditional fish and seafood restaurant in Cabo De Palos
The Miramar Restaurant at Cabo de Palos was established in 1969 and has gained a reputation as one of the foremost Spanish fish restaurants in the area.
Located by the marina in Cabo de Palos
It is located on the corner of the port area of Cabo de Palos, so overlooks the busy comings and goings of an active fishing port from a 2 storey building, which offers diners the chance to either eat inside in an air conditioned environment, watching the activities in the port from the comfort of shade and cool, via floor to ceiling glass windows, or to savour the outside atmosphere from beneath a shady awning.
The restaurant was originally a haunt for the locals, but as it evolved, gained a good reputation as offering quality food, so attracted clientele from nearby Cartagena and holiday traffic.
Being right down in the fishing port, the fish on the menu doesn´t get much fresher, so this is a good choice for those who particularly like fish.
There are other meats on the menu, including goat, chicken and steak, but the restaurant really does specialise in local fish, so offers a range of locally caught fresh dishes, including the famous Mar Menor prawns and Dorada from local fisheries.
Murcian cuisine features a lot of rice dishes, because Calasparra, in the north of the Region of Murcia, is a renowned growing area for Spanish rice, the Calasparra rice being the choice of gourmets, as it is more rounded and absorbent than many other varieties.
Murcians eat a lot of rice dishes which appear very similar to paella, but are totally different in texture.
In Murcia a dish called caldero is prepared, a wetter fish and rice dish which is very labour intensive to prepare as it involves creating a rich fish stock from all the smaller fish in the catch. It was the food of the fishermen, cooked on the beach whilst sorting the catch and mending the nets, the smaller fish which were unsaleable forming the stock base for the dish, which was then enhanced with larger pieces from the catch.
Each year, a festival dedicated to caldero is held on the beach at Los Alcázarers, as families and friends gather to prepare and enjoy this traditional Murcian dish.
Both Caldero and other Murcian rice dishes are on the menu at the Miramar, prepared freshly for two people.
This is a smart restaurant and attracts a more discerning client, so is not on a par with everyday workmen´s lunchtime haunts, so expect to pay 30-40 euros a head for a 3 course meal, plus drinks and service.
A lunchtime menu available for 30 euros, excluding drinks, which focuses on local fish dishes. Another recent addition is a lunctime Menú del Día for just 16.50€.
The restaurant is open all year, so also serves tapas and drinks from the bar, and is a superb location to just enjoy a relaxing drink and watch the comings and goings in the port.
Booking is essential on a Sunday and during the peak holiday season is highly advisable, as this location is extremely popular with the Madrilenean visitors looking for an authentically Murcian fish restaurant.
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